Attack of the Zombie Drones

The Los Angeles Police Department hovers a police drone over a crowd at an event to observe their activity on June 14, 2012. Photograph by Louis Lopez/Cal Sport Media/AP Images

One of the greatest advantages of drones—for gathering intelligence, patrolling borders, doing weather research, or killing terrorists—is that they can be piloted by people who are on the ground and far away. They can do dangerous, difficult, tedious tasks without requiring the risk of human lives. For their critics, there is a flip side to this: Drones risk making it too easy to kill without perceived consequences, or spy, or monitor every instant of everyone’s lives.

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